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Slingbox 350 & 500

Yes, there are plenty of apps that can give you access to some of your content away from home — but if you want real-time access to all of it, the Slingbox 350 & 500 ($180-$300) can help. Both boxes offer support for placeshifting video in up to 1080p quality and integrated IR emitters for controlling set-top boxes, but while the 350 gets its Internet connection over Ethernet and connects to video sources via component or composite, the 500 boasts built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI input/output, and offers SlingProjector technology for wirelessly sharing media from a smartphone or tablet on the TV. Either way, prepare to answer some questions from curious houseguests, as neither sports a particularly subdued design.

  • Sony XBR 4K TV

    Who cares if you can't find any content to show on it? The new Sony XBR 4K TV ($TBA) will ensure that when the content's ready, you will be, too. Measuring an impressive 84" diagonally, this new flagship set offers a 3840 x 2160, LED-backlit LCD panel, the 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine to seamlessly upscale lower-resolution content, 3D capabilities, a 10 Unit Live Speaker system cranking out virtual 5.1 surround sound, and built-in Wi-Fi for accessing online content. No price yet, but you can rest assured that it won't come cheap.

  • Google Nexus Q

    If you're an Android owner that's been looking with envy at the Apple TV, your device has arrived. The Google Nexus Q ($300) is Mountain View's answer to Apple's little black box, but isn't a total knock-off, either — it packs dual ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, a 25W amplifier with banana jack outputs, micro HDMI and optical audio outputs, Ethernet, a Micro USB port for service and support, and Android 4.0, all into a crazy, orb-shaped body that sports 32 LEDs that bounce to the beat of whatever you're playing. The craziest part? It's interface-less — just fire up Google Play or YouTube on your device and go.